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The Best Way To Handle A Bed Bug Infestation In Your New Castle Home

January 22, 2021


It is not human nature to be sneaky; it is something we learn through examples and practice; not so in the case of bed bugs. These tiny sleep-wrecking pests are born to be sneaky. If they aren’t, they risk being discovered and eliminated. If you are looking for a way to identify a bed bug infestation inside your New Castle home or a simple solution to get these pests out fast, here are a few things you should know.

What Are Bed Bugs

Your blood is a valuable resource, especially to parasitic pests like bed bugs. These small apple seed-sized, reddish-brown insects require a steady intake of human or animal blood to survive. In order to survive for long periods inside homes, bed bugs will invade quietly and stay out of sight when homeowners are awake. If your home has a bed bug infestation, they will not come out to feed unless you have gone to sleep.

Bed bugs are interesting creatures in that they are resilient against many pest control products but cannot survive outdoors for extended periods. They require a living environment between 70 and 80 degrees to remain comfortable, too cold or hot, and they die. In order to optimize their chances for survival, bed bugs don’t try to crawl from home to home but instead, hitchhike rides on items people carry around. From backpacks to electronics, to used furniture, bed bugs will use anything they can to find their way into your home.

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How Homeowners Try To Handle Bed Bugs

Between 1940 and 1970, bed bugs were a pest any homeowner could treat on their own. All homeowners needed to do during this time was spray an extremely potent pest control product called DDT around their house. Sadly bed bugs are not as easy to treat today. DDT was banned in 1972 due to the risks it posed to human health, and the bed bugs that survived are now resistant to almost all store-bought products. Even if you find a product that kills bed bugs, they are likely just to run away and hide inside your walls, only to reemerge three to five months later. Trust us when we tell you your wallet and your sanity will not thank you for trying to handle bed bugs on your own.

Five Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

If bed bugs infest your home, they will leave signs behind to clue you in they are around. Here are five signs you should keep your eye out for.

  1. Bloodstains on bed coverings.

  2. Speckles of reddish-black fecal matter on baseboards, around outlets, and near cracks and crevices throughout your home.

  3. Clear almost see-through eggs inside cracks and crevices around your home.

  4. Live reddish-brown, oval-shaped, reddish-brown insects (bed bugs).

  5. A sweet or musty odor in the air.

Why You Should Choose Moyer For Your Bed Bug Problems

At Moyer Pest Control, we get bed bugs. We know where they like to hide, how to identify and gauge the severity of an infestation, and we know how to treat for any bed bugs we find. For smaller infestations our team uses targeted treatments around areas of bed bug activity. If bed bugs have infested your whole house, we will use industry-leading heat treatments. This process involves sealing off your home and heating it to a temperature lethal to bed bugs but harmless to your belongings.

Give us a call or reach out to one of our team members through our website to further discuss our bed bug treatments or schedule a free inspection for your New Castle home.

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